Memento, recent print work by Tammy Ratcliff
at Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art November 2 - 25th
Please join us for the opening Thursday November 2nd, 6-9pm
at 5 Gordon Street, Guelph
pieces in Memento - hand-pulled prints inspired by observation and
memory, photographs, plant clippings and traditional decoration - each
represent a souvenir of a significant moment in time for the artist, and
collectively serve as a type of personal travelogue of the literal and metaphorical journey she has undertaken over the last year and a half.
journey includes the bittersweet milestone of having one’s child leave
home, the exhilaration of a month spent in the Norwegian arctic, and the
painful and frustrating experience of confronting personal illness.
This body of work represents the arrival at a point of resolution, where
the impressions of place and time - some joyful, some painful - have
been digested, distilled and given a fresh new airing, aided by the
clarity of hindsight and context.
the works stand as sensitive and thoughtful interpretations of nature,
employing varied print techniques to render the expansive sensations and
rugged beauty of a landscape, or the more intimate investigation of a
botanical study. More subjectively, each is coloured with subtle
emotional undercurrents that touch alternately on fear and melancholy,
admiration and wonder, and hint at the artist’s desire, and the
universal impulse, to make sense of one’s place within these intertwined